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Prestige History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Prestige is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Prestwick, Northumberland, or in Prestwich, in Cheshire. Prestwich is now part of Greater Manchester. The place names Prestwick and Prestwich have an identical etymology; they are derived from the Old English words preost, which meant priest, and wic, which meant farm. The place names taken as a whole mean "priest's farm."


Early Origins of the Prestige family


The surname Prestige was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Prestige family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prestige research.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Prestige History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Prestige Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Prestige family name include Prestwick, Preswick, Preswicke, Prestwich and others.

Early Notables of the Prestige family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Prestige family to Ireland


Some of the Prestige family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Prestige family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prestige Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Prestige, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

Prestige Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Prestige, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Ann Prestige, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Emily Prestige, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

The Prestige Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.


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